White Mountains offer a view into state's past at historic homes and sites

Winter Station View - Cog Railway - Mount Washington, NH
Mount Washington Cog Railway

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

Travel aboard history when you take the winter train excursion up Mt. Washington

When you travel on the Mount Washington Cog Railway, you aren’t just riding into history: You are riding on history. The world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway began its treks up to the mountain summit in 1869. One of the first travelers was P.T. Barnum, who proclaimed the railway the “second greatest show on Earth.” Today, the railway’s custom-designed biodiesel engines offer passengers a modified trip during the winter, going from the Marshfield Base Camp to the redesigned and expanded Waumbek Station, located at an elevation of 4,000 feet and providing passengers spectacular panoramic mountain vistas. On a clear day, you can see to the Canadian border. At the base station, visitors can walk through the free, interactive Cog Railway Museum.
The Frost Place

158 Ridge Road Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-5510

The former home and farmer of famed poet Robert Frost, this museum offers exhibits about his life and works. Poetry readings are scheduled throughout the season, and there is a nature trail available.
Hours: Memorial Day-July 2, Saturdays and Sundays, 1–5 p.m.; July 3-October 8, daily except Tuesdays, 1–5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $4, seniors, $3, students age 6–18, $2.
Information: www.frostplace.org.
Jefferson Historical Museum

900 Presidential Highway (Route 2) Jefferson, NH, 03584 Phone: 603-586-7021

Located in a church built in 1869, this museum features a look at the history of the town of Jefferson and the surrounding area. Of particular interest is the focus on the Waumbek Hotel, an important structure in Jefferson's history.
Season: June-Columbus Day.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Eastman Lord House

100 Main Street Conway, NH, 03818 Phone: 603-447-5551

This is the residence of Conway mill owner, William Kimball Eastman. Built in 1818, the house's 17 rooms are open to the public and are furnished in periods from 1818 through 1945. Eastman Lord House Museum has recently been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Hours: Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.; Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $3 per person; $6 per family.
Information: http://bit.ly/11dRVXF